9 Amazing State Parks Around Columbus That Will Blow You Away

Summer is winding down, but the best time to enjoy the outdoors is just beginning! Autumns can be calm and beautiful in Columbus, and the cooler weather can be perfect for camping and hiking. Luckily, the state of Ohio is incredibly rich in state parks, and for residents of Columbus, beautiful scenery and convenient campgrounds are just a quick drive away. At these state parks, you can enjoy lots of fun activities, including swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, disc golfing, and, of course, learning about Ohio’s rich wildlife and natural history. Here are 9 state parks that are within a one hour drive of central Columbus.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

There are so many relaxing parks and so many activities to enjoy, and all just an hour or less outside of the city! If you want to learn more about the parks and their amenities, make sure you visit the Ohio State Parks website.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know!